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Beatle Wives and Girlfriends

Who were and are the most important women in the lives of John, Paul, George and Ringo?

A brief look at the most well-known Beatle wives and girlfriends.
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Olivia Harrison
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Born Olivia Trinidad Arias on 18 May 1948 in Mexico City.
Children: Dhani
George's second wife, from 1978 until his untimely death on 29 November 2001.
She grew up in California and met George in 1974 while working as a secretary for his Dark Horse record label.
On 1 August1978, their son Dhani was born; their wedding followed on 2 September 1978.
In 1990, Olivia, along with Barbara, Linda and Yoko, founded the charity "Romanian Angel Appeal".
It was Olivia who undoubtedly saved George's life in 1999 by knocking out the crazed intruder who tried to kill George. She now beautifully handles George's remarkable musical legacy.
"I will miss him until my dying day."
"I miss George very much, he was a person I had a great connection with."
"I love you, George. The joys, sorrows, lessons and love we shared are more than enough to fill my heart until we meet again."
"She's been a very calming influence on me. We're blissfully happy." - George
Jane Asher
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Born 5 April 1946 in London.
Children: (with husband Gerald Scarfe) Kate, Alexander, Rory
Jane began acting as a child. By the time she met Paul - on 18 April 1963 at the Royal Albert Hall after the "Swingin' Sound '63" concert - she was already a well-known actress. Paul eventually moved in the Asher's home at 57 Wimpole Street and stayed there for three years, before purchasing a home at 7 Cavendish Avenue.
She and Paul became engaged on Christmas Day 1967 but on 20 July 1968, Jane announced that the engagement was off.
She later went on to marry Gerald Scarfe.
Jane still features as an actress, most recently in the movie "Death At A Funeral". She has also written several cookbooks, has been seen on British television with "Good Living Magazine" and now runs a cake shop in London. Also, she supports charities such as Children In Need and the National Autistic Society.
"I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other and love each other..." (After their break-up, 1968)
"When they are all together, Paul is different. He isn't the same toward me as when we are alone. I want to feel that it's the two of us going through life together. I don't want to be part of a gang." (From the Hunter Davies biography)
"I'm just going to wait and see what happens. Jane is still a very beautiful girl." - Paul, July 1968
Maureen Starkey
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Born Mary "Maureen" Cox on 4 August 1946 in Liverpool.
Children: Zak, Jason, Lee; Augusta (with her second husband).
She met Ringo at the Cavern Club. They were wed on 11 February 1965, with Brian, George and John as best men (Paul was on vacation at the time). The newly-weds spent a three-day honeymoon (such was the packed schedule of the Beatles) in Hove, near Brighton. Ringo and Maureen eventually divorced in the 1970's. Maureen went on to marry Isaac Tigrett in 1989. Sadly, Maureen lost her battle with leukemia on 30 December 1994.
"So just for a bet, I fought my way to the band room and kissed Paul when he came out. My friend was so annoyed and jealous that she started crying. But it was really Ritchie I liked best. I'd just kissed Paul for a dare. So I waited till Ritchie came out and kissed him as well."
Linda McCartney
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Born Linda Louise Eastman on 24 September 1941 in Scarsdale, New York.
Children: Heather (from her first marriage; she was then adopted by Paul); Mary, Stella, James.
A talented photographer, Linda specialized in rock music photography in the sixties. In May 1967, she and Paul met for the first time at the Bag O'Nails club in London. Their paths soon crossed again at the "Sgt. Pepper..." release party. They fell in love and were married on 12 March 1969 in London, with Paul's brother Michael and Mal Evans as best men.
Linda was later a member of Wings and Paul's constant companion until her untimely death in April 1998.
As an avid vegetarian, she supported animal rights along with Paul. In England, her vegetarian frozen meals still sell well. Aside from continuing with her photography, she also wrote vegetarian cookbooks. It's safe to say that Linda was the love of Paul's life.
"We have lasted this long close together, so we must have something going for each other."
"We are really on top of one another at the moment and I think it is amazing how we stay so close. Maybe that's the test. Why not totally put yourself together, rather than always wonder whether you actually like each other?"
"The bottom line is that we love each other. It sounds corny, but what else can I say?" - Paul in 1995.
Cynthia Lennon
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Born Cynthia Powell on 10 September 1939.
Children: Julian
She met John at the Liverpool College of Art. They were married on 23 August 1962 and on 8 April 1963, their son Julian was born. After John met Yoko, the Lennon's marriage ended and Cynthia filed for divorce in August 1968. She's still a very talented artist and her most recent book, entitled "John", was released a few years ago.
"It was said I never loved Cyn. That's far from the truth. We were young, bigheaded, and got into a physical relationship too soon. Perhaps if we took things slow we would have made it. I know we would have made it." - John in 1974
Pattie Boyd
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Born Patricia Anne Boyd on 17 March 1944
A model also featured in commercials, she was one of the school girls in "A Hard Day's Night", on the set of which she met George. They were married on 21 January 1966, with Paul as best man. Their honeymoon was spent in Barbados.
Pattie was the one who first became interested in the Maharishi's lectures, causing all the Beatles to follow suit, first to Bangor and later to Rishikesh.
Famously, Eric Clapton fell in love with her. She and George separated officially in 1974, and were divorced on 9 June 1977. In 1979, she became Mrs. Clapton.
Pattie is also a keen photographer and her book "Wonderful Tonight" tells more about her unique life.
"I feel that George is with me forever, so I suppose I'd have to say that George is the love of my life."
"When I was asking George for his [autograph], I said could he sign it for my two sisters as well. He signed his name and put two kisses each for them, but under mine he put seven kisses. I thought he must like me a little." (Meeting on the set of "A Hard Day's Night")
"George is my favorite. He's got time to talk to you." - Pattie, 1966
Barbara Bach
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Born Barbara Goldbach on 27 August 1947, in New York City.
Children: from her first marriage to Italian Augusto Gregorini, Francesca and Gianni.
Model and actress (most famously as a Bond Girl, in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me"), she and Ringo met on the set of "Caveman" in 1980.
She and Ringo wed on 27 April 1981 and are still happily married today.
"I was never that much of a Beatles fan, which made it easier. I just treated him like anyone else. As time went on, however, I was touched by his generosity. He is so patient and understanding."
"More than rich and sexy, a warm, kind-hearted, generous human being."
"...It's like I love Barbara and I'm in love with Barbara." - Ringo
Yoko Ono
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Born 18 February 1933 in Tokyo, Japan.
Children: Kyoko (from her marriage to Anthony Cox); Sean.
She and John met in November 1966 at London's Indica Books & Gallery - and how else could one put it... the rest is history.
John and Yoko are still one of the most iconic couples ever. They married on 20 March 1969 in Gibraltar and, despite ups and downs, remained together until John's tragic murder in December 1980.
"I'd never known love like this before, and it hit me so hard that I had to halt my marriage to Cyn. And don't think that it was a reckless decision, but I felt very deeply about it and all the implications that would be involved. My marriage to Cyn was not unhappy. But it was just a normal marital state where nothing happened and which we continued to sustain. You sustain it until you meet somebody who suddenly sets you alight." - John, 1973
Nancy Shevell
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Famously, Paul's third wife Nancy hails from the East Coast of the USA, and has been linked to Paul since late 2007. A business woman - she's vice president of a company and a member of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority - she seems to be making Paul very happy (nice after the divorce hassle with Ms. Mills). Paul and Nancy tied the knot on 9 October 2011 in London.
Heather Mills
The ex.-Mrs. McCartney was born on 12 January 1968.
Children: Beatrice Milly
Let's just be diplomatic and state that she and Paul were married in 2002 and divorced in 2006.
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The Beatle Offspring
Julian - born 8 April 1963
Sean - born 9 October 1975
(Adopted) Heather - born 1963
Mary - born 28 August 1969
Stella - born 13 September 1971
James - born September 12 September 1977
Beatrice Milly - born 28 October 2003
Dhani - born 1 August 1978
Zak - born 13 September 1965
Jason - born 19 August 1967
Lee - born 11 November 1970
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Beatle Family Links

For a comprehensive look at the Beatle wives and girlfriends, visit Sentstarr's fab site

For more on Olivia, visit Dark Sweet Lady, a fantastically comprehensive site

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